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Garmin - DriveAssist 51 LMT-S 5" GPS with Built-In Camera and Bluetooth, Lifetime Map and Traffic Updates - Black

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Travel and record your progress with this Garmin DriveAssist 51 GPS. It comes with a compact dashboard camera for easy recording of your journey, and it also includes live parking information, live traffic and live weather for easy journey adjustments. Accurate directions are assured thanks to the 5-inch screen of this Garmin DriveAssist 51 GPS.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Garmin DriveAssist 51 LMT-S
    • USB cable, suction cup mount, microSD Card, car power cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (233 out of 264)

    Features


    Update your maps for free

    The pre-loaded maps of North America can always be updated for free.

    5" color touch screen offers a clear view

    The large screen makes it simple to enter destinations and navigate the functions and settings.

    Lane assistance keeps you ready for the next turn

    Colorful arrows tell you which lane to be in to make your next exit or turn.

    Customize your route options

    You can set up three alternate routes so you're prepared to take advantage of the road ahead.

    Connect your unit using USB interface

    Easily connect to your computer, smartphone or car charger to get map updates, access real-time traffic and more.

    Bluetooth technology

    Allows you to pair with compatible devices, so you can enjoy hands-free calling in your vehicle.

    Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin traffic receiver (as long as you own a compatible Garmin GPS) or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic supplier, whichever is shorter.

    Traffic content not available for all areas. See www.navteq.com/rdstraffic for traffic coverage areas


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 264 reviews

    88%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Tons of Features

      Posted
      EdInFL
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I bought the Garmin - DriveAssist 51 LMT-S 5" GPS primarily because it had two features/capabilities that I was seeking: trip planning and an integral dash camera. I need to visit a number of locations throughout my county every so often and I have a limited amount of time to do so. Previously, I had to locate each address on a map and, after plotting them all, figure out the most efficient order for my route to avoid backtracking and wasted time. That was time-consuming and frustrating. The trip organization function allows me to enter addresses at random and then, with a push of a key, put them into the most efficient order for me to visit. YEA!! The high-definition dash camera was something I’d been wanting. It also provides a certain amount of security by automatically saving imagery in the event of an accident/sudden stop. This is a good feature. Other key features are Forward Proximity warning; lane departure warning; changes in speed limit; and “traffic is moving” alert (so you know when the backed up traffic in front of you finally starts moving because you were killing time doing something else in the car). An nice optional add-on is Garmin’s rear view camera (which must be purchased separately). NOTE: You will have to add a micro SD card for additional map and data storage as none is provided. A 4 GB micro SD card is supplied for the dash camera but I recommend you also replace the provided 4 GB video micro SD card with a larger capacity micro SD card to hold more video. (Make sure you get a card that supports video and not a slow data card.) This GPS device accepts micro SD cards between 4 GB and 64 GB. The higher capacity cards provide more storage for your money. It’s going to take you a while to get familiar with all of the features of this GPS (there are many) so be patient. Unless you live in/visit the “big city” there are a number of features you won’t use but that’s OK with me. I also strongly recommend you purchase a carrying case (none is provided) and be sure it protects the camera lens. You’ll also want to buy an AC power adapter so you can charge it and/or load trip information without being in your car. I bought my case and AC adapter from Garmin’s web site because I couldn’t find them at my Best Buy. Also, if you already own another Garmin GPS, you can transfer your favorites to the new GPS via the My Garmin web site. Recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good GPS, if it Works...

      Posted
      DigitalFate
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The initial unit I bought did not have the (working) bluetooth functionality that it was supposed to. After about of week of emails back and forth with Garmin support, trying everything they recommended and could think of, sending screen shots, and shaving a good eight to ten months off of my life expectancy, they recommended that I return to Best Buy and exchange it. Or, they would issue an RA and replace it directly. I was concerned about the exchange, because I was past the 15 day return/exchange window, but Best Buy exchanged the unit without any issues. Of course the box the NEW unit was in was damaged, so my angst grew, but it was the only one they had. Thank all that's good and Holy, the new unit worked as intended out of the box. While I appreciate the help from Garmin and Best Buy, the first unit I bought should not have passed initial QA before going out the door. I bought it for an eight day road trip, and it did not function correctly during that trip. Add another ten days post trip trying to resolve the issue(s), and ended up having to exchange. It was a disappointment and hassle. I spent well over 14 hours combined trying to resolve the issues (hard resets, complete software/map reloads, email correspondence, screen shots, photos, and phone calls) for which I will not be reimbursed. So, in that sense, it was totally NOT worth it. Would have returned unit if I could have, but Best Buy's return policies are the worst in the industry if you are not an Elite or better member. In summary, I like the working unit; but, will forever lament and pine over the time I spent messing with the first, defective one. Would I buy again, knowing what I know? Maybe not.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      A downgrade in screen, mount, traffic

      Posted
      Wayne

      Waited two years to upgrade to GPS with integrated camera. If I was not passed the return date, I would return this unit. I have spent $100 trying to work around the following issues. The screen is so reflective all I see is my knuckles and the steering wheel even on the brightest screen setting if facing towards the sun OR bright light coming in the side windows, no matter where I put the unit. None of the high-contrast map display options even come close to the Garmin I replaced, they are all muted and poorly back lit. The camera is placed directly in the center mount line of sight so on my third purchase to get it mounted to avoid blocking the camera which only has horizontal adjustments (no vertical) so your dash positions are severely limited especially in a pickup. The power cord assumes you will dismount the whole unit using the suction lever, instead of a positive base seat and top snap in clip like my previous Garmin, the clip provided has no positive position snap to mount or dismount, there's this un-intuitive squeeze or press or whatever I have still not figured out, that requires remounting the unit, getting the cord out of the way, then re-calibrating the camera forward position. And NO, a new traffic sensing power cable won't fix the mount design issues unless you just capitulate to these really disappointing design deficiencies. And yes, I am a high usage Garmin fan, but not for this unit. The only reason I know I finally got an integrated camera is because the unit asks me to re-center the camera every time I mount the unit. Yea, right. The engineering design assumptions obviously did not take place behind the wheel of a vehicle, particularly a F150 or similar type dash and windshield.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Beyond my expectations

      Posted
      SharkFin
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Like most people, I use my phone as my GPS, but I started to wonder what current GPS devices offered. I was an early adopter back in the 2000s, so I’ve seen these devices evolve over time. But what blows me away is the quality of the voice command and the camera system. I definitely would spend extra to buy one of these higher end devices, as it does more than give directions. It is virtually hands free, where I simply declare “Voice Command” and it turns on. The degree of accuracy has been inconsistent, but I figure it will learn over time. Surprisingly, it worked well in Hawaii, where every other letter is a vowel. As you arrive at a location, it gives a live view and points out the location for you. The interaction with your Smartphone still needs some work, but it is ultimately effective, although a little tedious because you have to turn on your app and have it connect with your GPS device. I wish the device was easier to connect and disconnect, like the magnetic connection on the DriveLuxe model. But ultimately, I went with the DriveAssist version for the camera. But I preferred the DriveLuxe ease of disconnection. The cord is somewhat awkward as well, as it is an old USB mini connector instead of micro. The unit does not hold a long charge, so you need to keep it plugged in more often than you’d want. I would buy it again, but wish I could try the DriveLuxe. The camera isn’t as important as I thought because it takes some work to turn it on.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Painful

      Posted
      Techguy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      I will give the most honest review I can . I own several Garmin and TomTom GPS receivers and this is as accurate as I can make it . Voice recognition on this GPS is painfully bad. The simplest requests would return the most bizarre reply . It was pure torture listening to the reply it would come up with . The second thing was it's final reminder for an exit for instance would come too late. I own several Garmin GPS receivers and they all have this problem . Within a few hours I missed several exit ramps . My TomTom that I also have several never ever caused me to miss a ramp or exit . If Garmin could combine the best features of each product it would be a good GPS . I was hoping they got it right this time , but like my other Garmin receivers , they all have this weakness.I'm sorry to say I cannot recommend it . Perhaps if you never own another GPS you wouldn't know the difference . It has features like built in dash cam that I like . But the optional rear view camera is half the price of the GPS. The only good thing I can say is it combines a dash cam and a GPS in one unit . However I was so turned off by the poor GPS operation I had to return it . I never even had time to evaluate the camera .

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      OK but like Magellan better

      Posted
      RoadWarrior
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      First, Best Buy was great in honoring their extended warranty when my Magellan started having issues. However, they no longer carry Magellan in the stores (don't know why but wish they did). As my job requires 95% traveling (interstate) I took the offer of the Garmin over waiting for one to "be shipped in". On the surface they are very similar. Surface is where that ends. If I had never used a Magellan, I would be a lot happier with Garmin. Garmin assumes everything is local. The ONLY way to get a distant address is to enter the ENTIRE address including city and state. Really? My Magellan entered zip code, partial street name (it would bring up a list to choose relevant to the zip code) and building number. Also, Magellan allows choice of shortest distance, fastest times and avoidances for each trip. Garmin has these under master settings and you are stuck with what you pick for each trip unless you go through several menus to change the option. Even with GPS, I still have to determine if my equipment can fit/is allowed down streets--choosing these items per trip is VERY beneficial. Magellan seems to adapt much quicker and reroutes if I make a change. On my last trip, Garmin spent 10 miles trying to have me turn around to get back on their determined route before re-routing.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great GPS w/Camera

      Posted
      smartguy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Great GPS. With all the crazy drivers out there, I wanted a dash cam. This has both a GPS and dash cam in one. The screen is crisp and very clear. It was easy to set up. Connecting the device to the mounting initially took a bit but once we figured it out, it is easy to get on and off. Voice commands are easy in traffic. Camera view when arriving at destination is very helpful in trying to find a house number. When we take a different road than the route shown, it recalculates quickly WITHOUT the voice repeating "RECALCULATING" over and over - nice. Lane assist is updated and show not only generic which lanes to be in but also shows you as your diving what the various lanes do - 1 goes right as another ends, etc. Lane departure assist and forward collision warning can be a little touchy, but it's not too distracting. Like the notifications there is a school ahead, animal crossing, curve, or railroad crossing. Only wish was that it would show both arrive time and distance remaining on the screen at one time. You can choose which appears and can touch the screen to see other info at a glance. We were used to this with our previous Garmins. We've used in on several trips and will definitely keep this one

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Nice but VERY POOR CAMERA PLACEMENT

      Posted
      allencain
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I have owned many Garmin GPS units as I use them in my business. This is the first one that I have been disappointed in. The camera is placed such just BELOW the mounting socket so that it can only be used with the suction cup mount on the windshield, which typically starts to fail within a few months dropping your unit to the dash or floor. When you try to use it with one of the dash mounts all you see in the camera is the stem of the mount. Garmin offers minimal options for GPS with cameras. My last one, now in one of my business vans, has the camera mounted to the driver's side and it can be adjusted. It works fine with any of the mounts. Garmin blew it on this one and I really wish that they offered more options with cameras as with today's distracted drivers looking at their phones it is not a question of if someone will hit you but when will they. If there was another Garmin option I would take this back but it is the only one that I could find at Best Buy or on Amazon.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        GarminProductExpert

        The mounting bracket on this model is reversible, this allows the DriveAssist to work with our portable friction mount. Garmin



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